Spanish: One language, several meanings
Spanish: One language, several meanings
By Sylvia Oben — As a freelance reporter for the newspaper La Raza in Chicago, I have had to adapt to the Mexican way of speaking Spanish even though I am Puerto Rican. Doing an assignment takes longer than if I were writing it in my Puerto Rican dialect, but I have to do it...
Puerto Rican cultural identity-Speaking “bilingual”
Puerto Rican cultural identity-Speaking
By Judy Mercado– The language purists among you may not want to read further as you might be scandalized. I am proposing that for those of us who are bilingual, speaking in both languages within the same conversation is not only acceptable but also may be the most optimal way...
Marvel-illosa
Marvel-illosa
By Natalia Avilez — Alexa Mendez When it comes to comics, this Latina is a marvel. Working as the host for Marvel.com, Alexa Mendez provides fans with a weekly show, the “Weekly Watcher,” where she talks about everything going on in the company–most importantly comics. In...
Who is Puerto Rican?
Who is Puerto Rican?
By Judy Mercado– After reading my first Lamento Borincano post, a fellow blogger asked me to discuss what the general population should know about Puerto Rican culture. I was about to whip up a response when I stopped to ask myself which Puerto Rican culture I would write about....
Silence is not an option
Silence is not an option
By Angelica Jimenez– The room became silent as a Latina woman, wearing only brown and black, approached the stage to tell her story of spending 20 years in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy.  Another woman shared the painful history of forced sterilization of women...
What does Sotomayor mean for Puerto Rico?
What does Sotomayor mean for Puerto Rico
By Natalia Bonilla — When I first heard the news of Sonia Sotomayor being nominated as a Supreme Court judge, I didn’t pay any attention. Yes, she is of Puerto Rican ancestry but she was hardly known in our culture here on the island. We didn’t know about her political views...
Time Went By Too Fast
Time Went By Too Fast
By Lizette Torres — I was a teenager still attending high school when I became a mom. Now I look at my son and I am amazed he is going to turn 22 this year. My son was the first grandchild on both sides of the family and I can still remember the tug of war I had with my mother,...
Lessons from my grandmothers – Part One
Lessons from my grandmothers – Par
By Juanita Santiago — Wela, my great-grandmother, is still in the cocina infusing the smell of rice and beans into my hair and clothes. For years, I’ve watched the heat in the kitchen paint her face like a tomato and the steam from the pot of rice fog her 1980’s glasses...